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1-May-2013

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PLOS announces Accelerating Science Award Program

Recognizes pioneers who have used open access research to benefit society

San Francisco, CA - PLOS, the Public Library of Science, today is launching the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) that recognizes the use of scientific research, published through Open Access, which has led to innovations in any field that benefit society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google.

The ASAP Program recognizes individuals who have used, applied or remixed scientific research to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole. Potential nominees include individuals, teams or groups of collaborators such as scientists, researchers, educators, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, patient advocates, public health workers, and students. There are three top awards of $30,000 each.*

The ASAP Program will illuminate how the unrestricted exchange of information can advance science and medicine, and benefit society. It also aspires to encourage a new generation of individuals to embrace the use and application of scientific research published through Open Access¬.

"PLOS is delighted to collaborate with two dozen global organizations to highlight the impact that Open Access research has on science, medicine and society," said Gary Ward, Chairman of the Board, PLOS. "We know there are countless examples of individuals who have used Open Access research to accelerate science but these stories often go untold. Through this program, we hope to bring them to the forefront."

The ASAP Program will be judged by an international committee composed of distinguished leaders in multiple fields, including:

"The Wellcome Trust is proud to sponsor the ASAP Program, and in doing so, recognize those who have maximized the impact of scientific research published through Open Access," said Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Trust. "We are eager to see real case studies that showcase the unique value of Open Access and, through these stories, inspire greater support for Open Access."

Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented. The nomination period is open from May 1 to June 15, 2013. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC in October 2013, at an Open Access Week kickoff event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank.

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*For more information, including the full details of the ASAP Program, nomination process, and the Award specifics, go to asap.plos.org. For Program rules visit http://asap.plos.org/nominate/rules/.

Sponsors are the Association of College Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, Co-Action Publishing, Creative Commons, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, eLife, EIFL, Hindawi, Health Research Alliance, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Impact Story, Max Planck Society, Mendeley, Microsoft Research, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, Research Councils UK, Research Libraries UK, SPARC, SURF (Netherlands), the World Bank, and major sponsors Google, Public Library of Science, and the Wellcome Trust

About the Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. PLOS engages in outreach activities that promote Open Access and innovations in the communication of research for scientists and the public. 2013 marks PLOS's tenth year as an Open Access publisher, reaching an international audience through immediate and free availability of research on the Internet. PLOS publishes a suite of seven journals: PLOS Biology; PLOS Medicine; PLOS Genetics; PLOS Computational Biology; PLOS Pathogens; PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases; and PLOS ONE, which publishes research from more than 50 diverse scientific fields and is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world.

About the Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk



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